Bloating and Bloating After Meals?

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Bloating can be as unwelcome as a thunderstorm at a summer picnic. For some women bloating only happens monthly, others find they bloat after meals, and others when they are constipated. 

Whatever the reason, bloating can be embarrassing and inconvenient especially when we want to wear our new swimsuit or favorite sundress. 

While bloating can be a temporary, hormonal condition, the kind of bloating that is associated with our tummy and bowels is more serious when it is chronic. If you feel bloated most of the time, it becomes more than a cosmetic, “my pants don’t fit” appearance issue. It’s your body’s sign that you have systemic inflammation.

The solution of course is not to stop eating— besides who wants to?

The answer lies in understanding what is causing your bloating then finding the right treatment approach to fixing it. In our clinical experience we have seen any one or more of the following causes of bloating. (Sometimes bloating can be a sign of a serious condition such as ovarian cancer, so please have this checked out by your doctor). Notice that all of these causes are associated with something not functioning properly in the digestive system or something we are putting into the digestive system. 

  • Undigested food
  • Reduced stomach acid
  • Fungal, bacterial or flora imbalances such as Candida and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
  • Side effects of medications
  • Enzyme deficiencies
  • Toxin overload
  • Food intolerances
  • Food sensitivities 

Because our bodies have complex and intertwined systems, there are many possible causes that can be associated with bloating. If you have tried other approaches that have not worked to reduce bloating after eating, perhaps the approach has not addressed the correct cause(s). Our approach at the Digestion Relief Center first identifies what foods you are not digesting properly and then desensitizes your body to the foods that cause you to have allergy-like reactions. We then assess what digestive organs are not functioning at optimal levels and enhance your body’s ability to digest your food. 

Maybe it’s time to find an approach that gets to the cause so you can wear your favorite summer clothes again! 

Disclaimer: Results of treatment may vary from patient to patient

For 6 self-help tips on how to stop bloating after eating click on this link.

This article was first published in the Upgraded Living August 2016 issue.

Since 1999, Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC has helped Chico, Redding and Sacramento Valley  residents by using a whole-body systems approach to health. He specializes in providing natural relief for food and environmental sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. For more information contact Dr. Patrick at 530.899.8741.

Digestion Relief Center 

2639 Forest Avenue, Suite 120 Chico, CA 95928


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